A bit of a story from Mr Bayzand about the following photo, well worth the read…
I knew of this ledge from last time I was here so I got the lads to take me there one day when we were riding down town. As is turns out they were doing alot of construction there and it was all fenced of and they had put skate stoppers on the ledge. But this ledge was way to perfect to just say oh well and walk away. We sussed out what tools we would need and planed to come back.
So a few days later I met up with the lads later in the afternoon and we missioned it back to the ledge. We stealth in there and start to get to work, we remove all the normal skate stoppers that were on the ledge but then there was this massive bracket screwed to the end of the ledge with a pole welded to it sticking up at the end. We tried undoing the Allen key bolts but there was no way they were budging we would of broke the Allen key way before we could ever crack the seal of the paint. So our efforts to get the ledge rideable had been shut down again.
I was determined to get this clip so we start hitting it with the peg on the bike but it was way to loud, we try using big rocks, kicking it, anything we could think of but still to no avail. Once again I was shattered. We all sit down and chill thinking “well we tried everything but it’s not going to happen”.I couldn’t sit still as I really wanted this clip so I started walking around the building site just looking for something, anything to use. After a while of hopeless searching I stumbled upon a peace of aluminum pipe, I got so exited and ran back to the ledge. I put the pipe over the pole at the end and started trying to leaver it off it wasn’t really working because the stopper was stronger then the pipe we had.
But then all of a sudden the top weld started to crack we all got real exited and everyone got on the end of the pipe and we eventually ripped the pole right off the brackets it was welded to. It was a miracle. I then cut the wire ties of the fence and managed to move it just out the way. so now to our surprise the ledge was rideable.
At this point we had been there for a while so we quickly set up the cameras and were like “lets get this shit quickly before anything else happens”. I had a couple run ups at the ledge to suss it out and I was ready to go. I give the “yep ready bruv? Lets do this” and take off and just as I was about to hop on the ledge a security guard appears at the bottom of the ledge with this shocked and confused look on his face. My heart dropped, after all this work we finally get it rideable then security rock up that would be right! But we put way to much work in to walk away now. I go back to the run up and say “boys lets just do it” I jump on the ledge, slide it but my foot slipped off at the bottom. I grab my bike and as I run back up the stairs the security guard is trying to stop us but is all so dumbfounded at the same time. I jump back on the ledge, slide it perfect, right off the end with the security guard still standing at the bottom scratching his head trying to process what just happened.
We all run off laughing ecstatic at what just happened, it was a epic mission and a perfect example of why I love BMX and especially street riding so much, the situations and the lengths we go through to get a clip. I hope you enjoyed my story and it inspires you to go out and get shit down and don’t let anything stand in your way. If you want something, make it happen.